A sinus infection is the swelling and inflammation of the sinus lining. When a blockage occurs, fungi, bacteria and viruses thrive and block the air channels to create a sinus infection.
Millions of Americans have at least one sinus infection a year. In the Pembroke Pines, Mirimar and Hollywood area these infections can be exacerbated by the South Florida pollen count, mold and other conditions that can lead to allergic reactions. If you are suffering from a sinusitis of one form or another and want immediate relief – contact ENT Pembroke Pines by calling (954) 437-5333 or click here.
The different types of sinus infections are:
- Acute sinusitis- cold-like symptoms that last up to four weeks
- Subacute sinusitis- inflammation lasting up to eight weeks
- Chronic sinusitis- Inflammation that lasts at least eight weeks
- Recurrent sinusitis- Several sinus infections within the year
Sinus infection symptoms vary depending on if it is acute or chronic.
Acute sinus infection symptoms include:
- Facial pressure
- Loss of smelling abilities
- Runny nose
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
- Yellow or green thick mucus
Chronic sinusitis symptoms include:
- Blockage or obstruction in the nasal cavity
- Congestion in the face
- Pus in nasal cavity
- Postnasal drip
- Dental pain
- Dental pain
Sinus infections, both acute and chronic, are more prevalent in individuals who have nasal polyps, obstructed nasal ducts, a compromised immune system and narrow nasal ducts. Along with traditional medicines to relieve symptoms and remove bacteria, balloon sinuplasty is quickly becoming a breakthrough non-invasive treatment.
The most common cause of sinusitis is the common cold virus. In this case, most individuals must strive for comfort while waiting a week or so for it to pass. Another frequent cause of sinus infections are allergies. Allergic reactions to particles such as mold, dust mites and pet dander can cause nasal passages to become inflamed and cause sinuses to become infected. This is why many of our patients in Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Cooper City and Mirimar have these types of issues. Other causes of sinus infections include:
Bacteria– often the cause of sinus infection complications
Polyps– growths that block nasal passages
Exposure to pollutants– airborne irritants that affect the sinuses
Frequent swimming/diving– chlorinated pools irritate nasal passages
Frequent flying– air pressure blocks nasal passages
Smoking– irritation causes inflammation of the sinuses
While there are many causes of sinusitis, there are also an assortment of available treatments that an experienced ENT doctor such as Dr. Robert Contrucci is able to utilize to alleviate your woes. Sinus infections, whether acute or chronic, are effectively treated by Dr. Contrucci with advanced treatments such as balloon sinuplasty. Find out today how to promptly eliminate your nagging to adverse sinus infection symptoms by calling (954) 437-5333 or click here to contact us.
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